Orphans of Eldorado | Chicago Reader

Orphans of Eldorado

97 minutes 2014

In this modern-day Brazilian retelling of the Oedipus myth, an itinerant musician returns to his family's estate after being away for an unspecified period of time, resumes a sexual relationship with his mother, and precipitates the premature death of his industrialist father. After the father dies, the son is thrust into running the family's shipbuilding business (something he has no idea how to do), and his passionate incestuous affair turns sour. Leaving again, he goes into the rainforest in search of a beautiful woman who's appeared to him in dreams. This is visually interesting but ponderous as storytelling, and the overbearing soundtrack (densely packed with field recordings of the rain forest) is often distracting. Guilherme Coelho directed his own script. In Portuguese with subtitles.

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